Chris Klein Embraces Fatherhood; Celebrates Sobriety
Chris Klein became a teen heartthrob with his role in ‘American Pie’, perhaps the top comedic franchise at the turn of last century, but now he’s a new dad and sober after a boozy ride through fame.
After suffering from depression and alcoholism — including a public breakup from his then-fiancée Katie Holmes — Klein hit his rock bottom. In June 2010, he found himself in jail after having been arrested for his second DUI. “I realized I had to get it straight and realize what the f–k was going on because the me that I knew was slipping away,” Klein said.
Now, sober for six years and married to Laina Rose Thyfault, fatherhood is the center of Klein’s life. His newborn son, Frederick Easton Klein, who arrived on July 23, has brought him so much joy.
“Anything that came before this is a wonderful learning experience,” a serious Klein shares to ET. “We all have growing pains going through our twenties, and I was no different. Hopefully, the negative experiences that you go through, you learn from and they help make you a better person down the line. I believe that is the case for me. I believe that I learned some things that I needed to learn, and I’m using those things to my advantage today to be a better man.”
In his latest film, ‘Game of Aces’, the actor plays Jackson Cove, a World War I pilot whose alcoholism is so severe that air officials are left with no option but to keep him from flying. Given his own history with the bottle, it’s a role that deeply resonates with him.